Celebrating our inspiring employees, donors and recipients this International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8 to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, girls and non-binary individuals, and to highlight ongoing progress toward achieving gender equity. To recognize and celebrate this year, we are hosting an interactive panel with accomplished leaders today (12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET), to discuss what we can do collectively as an organization to advance gender equity. To learn more about our panelists, visit Connect. Click the meeting link in your Outlook invite to join live. If you can’t make it, the event recording will be made available through Your Digest, on Connect and on the Connect on the Go app. We are also celebrating some of the other incredible women, girls and non-binary individuals who make up Canada’s Lifeline by sharing their stories on blood.ca and on Connect.
Next live town hall is this Thursday
This Thursday, March 10 (1–2 p.m. ET), join our CEO, Dr. Graham Sher, and this month’s panel of experts, to get your most pressing questions answered. Graham will be joined by Andrew Pateman, vice president of people, culture and performance; Pauline Port, chief financial officer and vice-president, corporate services; and Dr. Kathryn Webert, medical director and special advisor, medical affairs and innovation. You can submit your questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “TOWNHALL” or record an audio question by phoning 1-800-509-3329. If you prefer to submit a question anonymously, use this form. On March 10, click the meeting link in your Outlook invitation to join live.
Celebrating our state-of-the-art Calgary facility
Designed for Excellence is a book that captures the journey of building our new state-of-the-art operations facility in Calgary, Alta. In November 2020, the new Calgary Operations Facility opened its doors and employees had access to a space that empowered them to work in the ways that suit them best. The facility represents Canadian Blood Services’ pursuit of excellence. The design means Calgary now has a facility suitable for testing, producing and delivering products that save the lives of patients in Canada. Read more on Connect and explore the book, Designed for Excellence, on blood.ca.
Shout-outs reminder: Following our celebration of Employee Appreciation Week, we continue to post your shout-outs to colleagues on Connect each day, so please keep watching. We will get to them all, and feel free to keep them coming. You can submit a shout-out anytime using this form or by sending an email to email@example.com with the subject line: ‘SHOUT-OUT’.
Question of the day: Is our organization doing anything to support humanitarian aid to Ukraine?
Our hearts go out to those affected by the war in Ukraine. We have not yet been called on to support those affected by this crisis. However, should Canadian Blood Services receive an international request to provide blood or blood products to help people through this crisis or any other, we would assess the national inventory and our collections capacity, and then take appropriate action to support our global community while continuing to ensure patients in Canada receive the blood and blood products they need. If you need or would like more information on the conflict in Ukraine, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
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